Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Comments - Terrific triptych showing Yoshiwara courtesans enjoying a moment of leisure, several of the women preparing to rehearse music. At right, a beauty removes a koto from its cloth case while behind her, another woman tunes a shamisen. In the center foreground, a courtesan holds a kokyu, a small instrument similar to a shamisen but played upright with a bow. The other women smile happily and watch with interest, gathering around the musicians. A young attendant at right carries in a kettle on a black lacquer tray, and another kettle sits on a warmer nearby. Cherry trees bloom below the verandah, and a row of lanterns is hung from the ceiling. Wonderful detail in the architectural setting and colorful kimono fabrics, with delicate embossing on the white kimono collars and burnishing in the black robe at left. A lovely design.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 28 1/4" x 14 1/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Three separate panels. Tears and cracks at edges, small loss at corner, repaired. Please see photos for details. Good overall.